East and West: Some Reflections

East and West: Some Reflections

East and West: Some Reflections

East and West: Some Reflections

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The Sir Edward Beatty Memorial Lectures were created, and endowed, by Dr. H. A. Beatty and Miss Mary Beatty as a memorial to their brother, who had served as Chancellor of McGill University from 1920 until his death in the spring of 1943. Those were difficult years, involving the extremes of economic prosperity and depression in Canada, as well as the onset of the Second World War. Four Vice-Chancellors, in succession, served under the leadership of Sir Edward Beatty, and during two lengthy periods of interregnum he was called upon to assume direct administrative responsibility, so that the development of McGill University during that critical quarter of a century is due in preponderant measure to the vision and determination of the great Canadian whose name is perpetuated in the title of these lectures.

In order that Dr. Radhakrishnan might be in a position to accept the appointment as the first Beatty Memorial Lecturer, the inauguration of the series was postponed for twelve months. The best measure of the interest in his lectures, which are reproduced in this volume, is the simple statement that more than three thousand people, students and citizens of Montreal, came night after night to hear them. Since this number was far in excess of the capacity of Redpath Hall, it might be added as further evidence of interest that this audience sat throughout the lectures on hard folding chairs in the Sir Arthur Currie GymnasiumArmoury, which is by no means acoustically perfect, and at the conclusion of the series rose to its feet in a spontaneous ovation of sustained applause.

F. CYRIL JAMES Principal and Vice-Chancellor McGill University . . .

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